(CNN)Tom Brady is officially a Tampa Bay Buccaneers player as the free agency quarterback signed a multi-year contract, the NFL team announced Friday.
The 42-year-old is widely considered the greatest quarterback of all time and and had spent his entire NFL career — 20 seasons — with the New England Patriots, winning six of the nine Super Bowls he reached.Tampa was one of the teams Brady was connected with after he announced his departure from the Patriots on Tuesday.
“Tom is a proven champion who has achieved greatness on the field because he demands the best out of himself and his teammates,” said Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht in a statement.”I’ve known Tom since we drafted him in New England 20 years ago and through this process it became very clear that his desire to be a champion burns as strong today as it ever has.Read More”He possesses the type of rare natural leadership qualities that will immediately impact our entire organization.”READ:
Tom Brady says thank you and goodbye to New England Patriots
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyQuarterback Tom Brady was with the New England Patriots for two decades, winning a record six Super Bowl titles. He is now a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.Hide Caption 1 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady played college football at the University of Michigan. He started for the Wolverines in his junior and senior seasons, going 20-5.Hide Caption 2 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady grew up in San Mateo, California, and played football, basketball and baseball before joining Michigan.Hide Caption 3 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyDespite his successful career at Michigan, Brady was not projected to be a star in the NFL. He was the 199th player taken in the NFL Draft. Many quarterbacks were taken before him.Hide Caption 4 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady started his career backing up Drew Bledsoe. But when Bledsoe was hurt in September 2001, Brady got his chance to shine. He took over as starter and led the Patriots all the way to the Super Bowl.Hide Caption 5 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady loses the ball after being hit by Oakland’s Charles Woodson during an NFL playoff game in January 2002. The Patriots got the ball back and went on to win the game, but the controversial play was heavily debated in the offseason. The “tuck rule” was eventually repealed in 2013.Hide Caption 6 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyThe 2001 season culminated in a Super Bowl victory for Brady and the Patriots in February 2002. They upset the heavily favored St. Louis Rams 20-17. Brady was named Super Bowl MVP, and he became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. He was 24.Hide Caption 7 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady and the Patriots were back in the Super Bowl in 2004, winning another title over the Carolina Panthers. They repeated the next season with a Super Bowl win over Philadelphia.Hide Caption 8 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick celebrate after a playoff win in January 2007. The two were together for Brady’s entire Patriots career.Hide Caption 9 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady throws a pass during a game in Cincinnati in October 2007.Hide Caption 10 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady is surrounded by the media in 2007. The Patriots went undefeated in the regular season but lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.Hide Caption 11 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyNew York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck strips the ball from Brady during the Super Bowl in February 2008.Hide Caption 12 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady leaves the field in 2012 after another Super Bowl loss to the Giants.Hide Caption 13 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady kisses his mother, Galynn, after the Patriots defeated Seattle for their fourth Super Bowl title in February 2015.Hide Caption 14 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyAn opposing fan taunts Brady as he takes the field in August 2015. Brady was eventually suspended four games over the “Deflategate” controversy, which involved allegations that the Patriots purposely deflated balls to gain an advantage on offense in an AFC Championship game.Hide Caption 15 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady drops back to pass during a game against Dallas in October 2015.Hide Caption 16 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady arrives at a federal court to appeal his suspension for “Deflategate.”Hide Caption 17 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady is tackled by Denver’s Aqib Talib in the AFC Championship game in January 2016.Hide Caption 18 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after leading the Patriots to their fifth Super Bowl victory in 2017. The Patriots were trailing 28-3 before pulling off the biggest Super Bowl comeback ever and winning in overtime.Hide Caption 19 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyTeammate Rob Gronkowski playfully steals Brady’s jersey before a Boston Red Sox baseball game in April 2017. Brady had just had his Super Bowl jersey returned by authorities after it had been stolen from the locker room.Hide Caption 20 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady and his wife, model Gisele Bundchen, attend the Met Gala in New York in 2018.Hide Caption 21 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady throws a football in Monaco during a promotional event for watchmaker TAG Heuer in 2018.Hide Caption 22 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady celebrates after an overtime win in January 2019 that put that Patriots in the Super Bowl.Hide Caption 23 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady celebrates with his daughter, Vivian, after winning his sixth Super Bowl in 2019.Hide Caption 24 of 25
Photos: NFL legend Tom BradyBrady’s last game with the Patriots was a playoff loss to Tennessee in January.Hide Caption 25 of 25
‘Hungry’Brady is almost unparallelled when it comes to the amount of records he has broken in the NFL. His 219 regular season victories and 30 playoff wins are each the most by a quarterback in league history. “Excited, humble and hungry … if there is one thing I have learned about football, it’s that nobody cares what you did last year or the year before that …you earn the trust and respect of those around through your commitment every single day,” Brady wrote on Instagram.”I’m starting a new football journey and thankful for the Buccaneers for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do. “I have always believed that well done is better than well said, so I’m not gonna say much more — I’m just gonna get to work!” View this post on Instagram
Excited, humble and hungry …if there is one thing I have learned about football, it’s that nobody cares what you did last year or the year before that…you earn the trust and respect of those around through your commitment every single day. I’m starting a new football journey and thankful for the @buccaneers for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do. I look forward to meeting all my new teammates and coaches and proving to them that they can believe and trust in me…I have always believed that well done is better than well said, so I’m not gonna say much more – I’m just gonna get to work! #Year1 p.s. Jack Brady with the photocred 😀
Brady’s move to Tampa likely spells the end for current No. 1 quarterback Jameis Winston, winner of the 2013 Heisman Trophy.Winston, the No.1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, led the Bucs to a 7-9 record last season.
He also became the first player in NFL history to throw 30 or more touchdowns and 30 interceptions in a season.Winston became an unrestricted free agent Thursday.